In the city of fashion, some people follow it, others don’t do it, and then there are those who simply create their own. Then come the trendhunters of big brands that are dedicated to wander through the different neighborhoods of the city taking notes of what they see, copying it to incorporate into their production and turn it into “official” fashion.
It was a market day and the street was full of stalls, and this one stood outfrom the others.I think he got what he wanted, not worried aboutcertain risks,assomeone will buy one placed in the middle, for example.
I took this picture to show one more sign ofattitude, and a metaphor for this city, showing how disproportionate it can be at times.
I wanted to take a portrait of this boy with sunglasses, a clerk of the store behind him. Already I had an idea about how it would be, but he had, better than me, a clear idea how it will be. He said yes, you can, wait a moment … andhe return with two girls from passersby!
Providence again was on my side and suddenly everything made sense. Four persons, yes four, gatheredspontaneously, randomly, showing how the colors of the city are mixedin harmony …
Young and efficient. He is a spanish working as an assistant to a senior executive in a financial company in the city. Enjoys his work and is fully integrated into New York life and participate in city events, such as running the marathon.
I met him through craiglist when I was looking for an apartment. We reached an agreement and I rented one of the rooms. The apartment was located in the financial heart of Manhattan a few blocks from Central Park and a few avenues of Hell’s Kitchen.
During the time I was in his apartment, and the conversations we had, I learned many things about the functioning of the city, work, housing, etc., very different from how it works in Europe, how complicated it’s for a foreigner legalize their work situation and housing, what it means not to have an economic history to rent an apartment, and so many more things that didn’t stop surprising me.
In one of those conversations I mentioned my intention to portray him, to which he agreed tasteful, so settled for a particular day. Just the night before that day, He suffered the loss of his grandfather. He didn’t sleep all night and was very affected. Despite that, He didn’t want to change the day, although it was not happy with his appearance.
If by any chance you see this picture, Jacobo, I send to you a greeting and I would like to tell you that for me were unforgettable days. Thank you for your friendly hosting. I hope everything goes well for you!